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The stuff I want around in my living room: books, clutter and electronics (light and sound)

The stuff I want around in my living room: books, clutter and electronics (light and sound)

This is the case of my living room, it holds my stuff that I want extending the rooms I live in. On my last move however, its handle broke after only ten meters and the large case turned out to be quite a burden without it. Future cases should be smaller, I can easily split it up into a book-case, a clutter-case and one for electronics.

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Mapping Journey by Bouchra Khalili

Mapping Journey by Bouchra Khalili

This is the last week to visit Imagined Places, a temporary exhibition at the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam (until april 14th).

In Imagined Places five artists portray a world where people are constantly on the move in search of a better life or a new home. They leave a country behind them but also take it with them in their memories. So the lives of all these people on the move are determined by their bond with several places. Official migration policy is based on country borders, national identity and a fixed place where someone actually belongs. Their lives are spent, however, between different lifeworlds: the here and now of where they are, the country they came from, and the place they are going to or would like to return to. All these places are real but they also exist as inner worlds: in memories, fantasies and yearnings. The artworks in Imagined Places depict these inner worlds that are sometimes at odds with reality. 

One series of videos I found particularly interesting was ‘The mapping journey’ by Bouchra Khalili in which immigrants that moved to Europe marked their journey there as they told stories of the several places they had crossed. It was harsh to see how often these trips involved periods in detention centres, life-taking boat trips, illegal jobs, extortionists etc. Liquid life is quite a different thing to those born on the other side of the European border, and this work sheds a different light on the correlation between freedom and insecurity.

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The area in which I am looking to live

The area in which I am looking to live

Looking for my next place to stay, I used this interactive map by dutch broadcasters VPRO, made for their 2012 television show ‘Nederland van Boven’ to calculate in what area of the Netherlands I could live when I want to stay within two hours of my Eindhoven based workplace and only use public transport to get there.

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arrival at my new home

arrival at my new home

Last week I moved. It wasn’t a big move for I still live within Amsterdam. I packed my stuff on my bicycle so I didn’t have to ride up and down a lot. To allow for steering, I attached two broomsticks with my clothes horse in between to the handlebar of my bicycle. At the base were two of my speakers and a few big suitcases and to top it off some smaller bags with my duvet etc. Much gaffer tape and rope were crucial to this operation, as well as the kind help of Joel. Unfortunately it started raining before we (clumsily) turned around the corner of my old street and could barely halt before a crossing we headed for racing down the bridge. We were soaked by the time we arrived at my new place, and so was literally all my stuff (happy to say that the speakers still work).

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